We had a blast at our very first BK Open Studio in Michigan.
I adore the idea of Open Studio so much. There is something so magical about gathering around a big table and getting lost in the space between our own journal pages and the conversation that is lively happening at the table.
This gathering was very organic. We didn't have any set agenda except munching on delicious sandwich Susan made for us, sitting around the table with some of our favorite analogue ingredients... and seeing where time and space would take us. I think we all ended up something to fuel our soul. Joyce was documenting her recent trip to Michigan Upper Penninsula while sharing some of her favorites from her travel. Kay was practicing her watercolor lettering. Sylvia was stamping away on her notebook! Susan was prepping a journal page with background color and textures for writing components to happen later. I had a blank spread of my journal page open with not much direction. But over few sandwiches, cookies and a glass of ice tea, my page was filled with the spontaneous splash of color, printed pictures, and more watercolor lettering to capture the spirit of the day.
3 hours went by very quickly and it was time for us to say good-bye so Satchi, Coco and I can hop on our return flight to Los Angeles.
Probably the best part of the Open Studio was the updates I received from our guests later. Their stories about how they spent the rest of their Saturday evening... staying up late to continue playing at their home analogue table, waking up next day to practice watercolor lettering... I myself landed at LAX at midnight, slept few hours and woke up to set up my own analogue table in our house. (finally... after not having dedicated table space for a few years) The excitement and love for analogue are so contagious and I LOVE that energy multiplies when we get together with like-minded enthusiasts.
Thank you so much, Susan and Kent! Your house is incredible. We couldn't have a better space to host this fun afternoon... and thank you... Joyce, Kay and Sylvia for making a big drive across the States to join us in Canton.
I hope this little community in Michigan continues to grow. I already can't wait to get back to Michigan!